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Buerk Center Fellowships and Internships

The Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship offers various internship and fellowship opportunities for graduate students to gain real-world experience while pursuing their degree. Click on each heading to learn more.

Global Innovation Fellows

Seattle is fast becoming one of the largest centers for global health in the world, and the University of Washington is playing a key role. The Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, in partnership with the UW Department of Global Health and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is calling for applications for its Global Innovation Fellows, a small group of MBAs and TECs who will research business problems/technologies of significance in global health alongside graduate students in Global Health and Development.

Each spring the Buerk Center hires 3 – 4 students as our Global Innovation Fellows for the following academic year. This is a year-long commitment (fall through spring), and we anticipate students will work 20 hours a week on between 6 to 8 projects (total) a year. Ideal candidates will have a fundamental interest in the business problems/technology innovations associated with global health and development, an affinity for working with global health and development experts and researchers, and a desire to be part of an interdisciplinary team of creative, dedicated individuals. Our shared goal is to create the next generation of business and science leaders who are focused on global health and innovation. Fellows will work closely with faculty advisor Emer Dooley (Lawrence P. Hughes Faculty Fellow in Innovation and Entrepreneurship), Buerk Center staff, and Saara Romu, MBA 2007, senior project officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Timeline Compensation How to Apply
2017-2018 The Global Innovation Fellows will receive tuition waivers each quarter. Fall Quarter will be the “trial” performance period to ensure that the Fellows in the program are performing at the necessary level. We are now accepting applications for 2017-2018 Fellows! To apply, send your resume and a 1- to 2-page statement of intent outlining your specific interests, skills, and commitment to innovation in global health and development. Please include information on how becoming a Global Innovation Fellow will contribute to your long-range career goals. Email your materials to uwbuerk@uw.edu by April 16, 2017.

Student Eligibility: MBAs apply in winter/spring quarter of their first year to be a Fellow during their second year of the program. MBAs already receiving tuition waivers (TA, RA, GSAs, etc.) should check with the MBA Program office to determine their eligibility. TECs and other graduate students at UW who have a solid background in master’s-level business courses will be considered on a case by case basis. Graduate students should review their tuition status with their home department to see if they are eligible for a tuition waiver.

ITHS & WRF Summer Commercialization Fellowships

This is an excellent opportunity for graduate-level students interested in business development, product management, legal, or investment career paths to work directly with experts from ITHS, WRF Capital, CoMotion, and the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship and dig in to a technology by working with inventors, technology managers, and experts to perform business analysis and write a feasibility report. You must be a self-starter, highly analytical, and fearless in asking questions, talking with potential customers, and networking your way to industry experts and other mentors. The required final presentation and milestone deliverables along the way provide the structure for your analysis.

Timeline
We are hiring 5 Summer Fellows for 10 weeks in 2017, June 19 – August 25, for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Eligibility
All Foster MBAs, Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate students (who have taken the core entre classes), and graduate students with entrepreneurial core coursework in marketing, strategy, and finance in their backgrounds are eligible to apply. These fellowships are competitive and preference will be given to current students.

Compensation
Paid: $10,000

Sponsors
As part of the Buerk Center’s work across campus and in the community, these fellowships are made possible in conjunction with Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS), Washington Research Foundation (WRF), and UW CoMotion.

Available Projects/Technologies
View list of available projects/technologies
As a professional courtesy, please don’t contact the inventors or tech managers directly about your application.

How to Apply
The application deadline is Monday, April 3, 2017. Email all application materials to Terri Butler at tlbutler@uw.edu. Please include your resume and cover letter describing what you could bring—in terms of background experience and interest—to the projects in which you are most interested. Please note that there are more than five technologies, but only five fellowships will be funded. The intent is to match the strongest candidate to the appropriate technology, so make your application as specific as possible in presenting why you are the right candidate to work with a particular technology. It’s fine to apply for more than one technology but you must rank your preferences and thoroughly explain your interest in each one.

Interviews
Interviews for selected candidates will be scheduled for April 5-11 and offers extended by April 17.

Questions? Contact Terri Butler at tlbutler@uw.edu or (206) 685-5538.

William H. Gates Sr. Fellow in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Technology Alliance

The Technology Alliance, a highly-respected, statewide organization of technology leaders, has an opening for its 2016-2017 William H. Gates Sr. Fellow in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The Technology Alliance (TA) has spent 20 years supporting Washington’s innovation economy through events, program incubation, and research all focused on shoring up three pillars of innovation – a strong education system, a robust climate for entrepreneurship, and significant investment in R&D. The TA represents companies and organizations that span Washington’s diverse economy – aerospace, energy, IT, and life sciences – and position R&D as core to their growth and impact model.

The TA’s work has included building a continuum of support for entrepreneurs – from a speakers’ series that daylights emergent research (Discovery Series), to a training ‘bootcamp’ for very early stage concepts poised for commercialization (Innovation Showcase), to launching the largest and most active angel investing group in the region, (Alliance of Angels). As the Technology Alliance looks forward to its next five years, it is committed to building on this history of both creating and showcasing opportunities and impact of an innovation-driven economy through a variety of approaches (new and old).

This fellowship provides an opportunity for an exceptional student to spend one academic year learning about the drivers of Washington’s innovation economy – from the talent pipeline (K12 education, degrees, entrepreneurs), to research capacity in universities, to the impact that results when R&D is commercialized for public good. The Fellow will work directly with the TA’s CEO on the scope of work – aligning both the student’s interests and the organization’s needs/schedule.

The Fellowship is open to Full-time MBAs, Evening MBAs who have completed their core requirements, or Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate (TEC) students who have taken at least 2 core classes (8 credits) of entrepreneurship.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Research & Policy
Conduct third-party meta research, synthesizing data on Washington’s job forecast, entrepreneurial climate, education system, etc. to tell compelling stories about impact and opportunity, demand and supply

Track major policy developments at the state and local level, and across key industry partners (WART, WTIA, Life Science WA, etc)

Communications
Draft monthly update to the TA board on key issues/developments of interest

Work with key companies, non-profits and universities across the state to source stories from across tech industries that demonstrate the different stages of innovation (R&D, commercialization, measurable impact – societal/economic, etc.)

Develop and maintain regular cadence of communicating these stories through the TA website, TA’s email newsletter, social channels, etc.

Events
Identify key areas of interest for the board and broader sectors, determine what is currently not being addressed by others, and plan/execute an appropriate event to address the need (in the past this has included day-long ‘workshops’ on big data and virtual reality)

Provide support for TA’s ongoing events – Discovery Series and annual State of Technology Luncheon

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Candidate must be highly motivated, well organized, and possess excellent communication (both writing and verbal) and analytical skills. Proficiency with MS Office Suite is expected. The TA is a very small organization so candidates must be nimble and able to provide support/leadership across a variety of areas, with a sense of humor and congeniality. Knowledge of startups, venture capital, research methods and/or event management is a plus; willingness to learn is required. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter, expressing interest and explaining relevant experience and related career goals. This is a nine-month (roughly September to June) 20-hour week commitment. Specific start and end dates are negotiable. Compensation is $2,000 per month.

Please apply directly to Carol Rava – carol@technology-alliance.com. Applications are due by May 13th at 5p.

Alliance of Angels Fellowship

Since 1997, the Alliance of Angels (AoA) has connected a community of over 100 investors with the most promising early-stage companies in the Northwest to invest, mentor and enable their success. The AoA has provided about $70 million early funding for more than 180 Northwest entrepreneurs over the last dozen years with more than 30 successful exits, making the AoA one of the preeminent angel groups. The Angel Capital Association has cited the AoA as the most active group for 2007, 2008 and 2009. With an unsurpassed flow of excellent deals, a top-notch screening process, and the experience to help entrepreneurs understand appropriate market-based valuation and terms, our members are well positioned to work as a team to not only find great companies, but also to help them achieve remarkable success.

The AoA provides the opportunity for two exceptional students to spend one year learning about angel investing in technology and other high-growth businesses. Learn more about the position.

Timeline
September-June (one-year)

Application Open for the 2016 Summer Fellowships in January 2016.
As a professional courtesy, please don’t contact the inventors or tech managers directly about your application. Fellowship will be posted to Foster MBA Jobs. Send a cover letter and resume to AoA.

Eligibility
The Fellowship is open to students who have completed a minimum of 50% of a Master in Business Administration or other graduate program, with preference given to Washington State schools and/or Washington residents.

Position Title: Alliance of Angels Fellowships
Two fellowship positions have been made possible by the generous sponsorship of our premier sponsor, K&L Gates. The Alliance of Angels Fellows are one year, part-time positions, reporting to the Alliance of Angels Managing Director and working closely with constituents including the greater entrepreneurial community and our angel investor members. Designed for the MBA candidate at least midway through an accredited graduate program, this unique opportunity combines evaluating, coaching, relationship management, program management, and in-depth research in the fast-paced ever-changing world of technology and innovation.

The candidate will also work closely with the Alliance of Angels Screening Committee, a group of 15 angel investors and leading VCs who screen investments for presentation to the larger group, and provide valuable insight on investment opportunities as well as the direction of the organization. In addition to leadership from the Managing Director, program managers can leverage resources across our broad and experienced membership base.

Responsibilities of the position:

  • Identify high-potential businesses, coach entrepreneurs, and screen investment opportunities on behalf of the organization
  • Manage the company submission process from initial screening, through presentation and business plan coaching, member presentation, and investor follow-up meetings
  • Perform background market and competitive research on companies selected to present to the membership
  • Drive the selection process, screening committee meeting and luncheon preparation with the support of the Managing Director
  • Manage educational events including entrepreneur panels and networking, investor education, entrepreneur pitch clinics, and forums on industry trends.
  • Represent the AoA in the community to assist with deal flow, membership recruiting and new Fellow recruiting.

Requirements: Candidate must be highly motivated; well organized; and possess excellent communication and analytical skills. Knowledge of startups, venture capital, web development, and/or event management is a plus. Candidates can be second year MBA students or graduate students at least halfway through their curricular requirements. Interested candidates should be prepared to commit to a one-year part-time position and a 20 hour minimum/week commitment is expected. Start and end dates are negotiable, where ideally the candidates’ terms would be staggered:

  • K&L Gates Fellow: 20-hour/week position May 2014-May 2015.
  • K&L Gates Fellow: 20-hour/week position, September 2014-August 2015.

CoMotion Innovation Fund Fellowships

From the CoMotion Innovation Fund Fellowships website:

Innovation Fund Fellow Program
UW CoMotion manages an Innovation Fund program that provides UW-research-based startups with $50,000+ in funding to reach the next stage of development. Each project is different and has a unique set of needs. There are two funding cycles (fall and spring), and CoMotion generally funds 10 technology start-ups each cycle.

CoMotion has created the Innovation Fund Fellow program to provide second-year MBA students with an outstanding opportunity to work with UW researchers and CoMotion technology managers to build commercialization plans for these fundable technologies. The Program is designed to apply the skills and perspectives of students to market validation and analysis, go-to-market strategy, and other areas of business development.

Ideal candidates would be second-year MBAs, second- or third-year evening MBAs, and TMMBAs. SEBA/TEC students who have taken the core entrepreneurship courses are also welcome to apply.

The Fellows are assigned technologies for commercialization and are supervised by Jeanette Ennis, the associate director for Innovation Programs and mentored by other CoMotion staff, including the technology managers, patent portfolio managers, and entrepreneurs-in-residence.

The expectation is that the Innovation Fund Fellows—CoMotion is looking for 2 to 3 students—will be between 6 and 20 hours per week, at the hourly rate of $17.50, from January 2016 through June 2016.

Each Innovation Fund Fellow will be assigned to at least 3 different technology teams during the Innovation Fund cycle. We expect the Fellow to assist the teams by obtaining pertinent customer feedback and market data and helping the teams build the business case for their technology.

Deliverables:

  1. Written responses to business-related questions in the Innovation Fund pre-proposal and full proposal to be submitted by Innovation Fund teams.
  2. A 10-15 minute PowerPoint presentation for CoMotion Innovation Programs and the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. The presentation should cover both technology and commercialization feasibility, as outlined below, for each technology they are assigned.

Technology Evaluation and Feasibility:

  • Technology description, business application, features and benefits.
  • Market Needs Assessment
  • Venture Assessment
  • Technical Feasibility
  • Market Study
  • Economic Feasibility

Commercialization Evaluation

  • Business Start-Up
  • Pre-production prototype
  • Market validation
  • Go-to-market
  • Production/Distribution
  • Business Growth
  • Business Maturity

Application Process
Please email your resume and a cover letter, describing what you could bring—in terms of background, experience, and interest—to Jeanette Ennis, GAP Funding Manager, jmgennis@uw.edu.

Contact
Please get in touch with Jeanette Ennis at jmgennis@uw.edu or 206-616-2848 for more information.

Bridge Funding Associates Fellow

From the Bridge Funding Associates Fellow website:

Overview
The Bridge Funding Associates Program offers opportunities for UW students in connection with the W Fund, a $20 million private venture capital fund that focuses on early stage investment in promising startups throughout Washington state. Associates evaluate the feasibility of ideas and strength of early stage investment opportunities, and will provide coaching to startup teams through their pitch presentations and business strategy development. Associates will have an unparalleled opportunity to develop relationships with influential contacts within the regional venture/entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Eligibility
Up to two associate part-time (up to 19.5 hours/week) positions are open each year to exceptional UW Foster MBA students with demonstrated interest and engagement in entrepreneurship and/or venture finance. Several other Associate positions are open to 2L UW Law students and UW Master’s and Ph.D. candidates from Engineering, Science and Life Science. The typical appointment is for a 6-month to 1-year period spanning the academic year.

Selection Criteria
Ideal candidates must be highly motivated, well organized, and possess excellent communication and analytical skills. Specific interest and background in a technology sector (Life Science, IT/Software, Engineering, Clean Technology) is highly desirable; knowledge of startups, venture capital, event management and/or marketing are a plus.

Application Process
Please submit a cover letter and resume/CV to staff@thewfund.com.

Technology Licensing Fellowships – TECs Only

From the Technology Licensing Fellowships website:

Overview
This position offers interested students a great chance to understand the commercialization process and gain in-depth experience in university technology transfer. The Fellows program provides access to Seattle’s vibrant venture and entrepreneur communities and exposure to alternative career opportunities. Fellows develop real-world skills as they learn to assess new technologies, perform market research, and create marketing materials. Once trained, they work on clearly delineated early-stage projects. Fellows work a maximum of ten hours per week, and must be available to work at the CoMotion offices for at least two of those hours. Appointments are for one year, and can be renewed throughout the Fellow’s PhD program.

Eligibility

  • Degree – Ph.D. level students with authorization to work in the US.
  • Area of Study – Including, but not limited to, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and Materials Sciences, Information Technologies, Medicine/Life Science.
  • Consent of Ph.D. supervisor.

Selection Criteria

  • Strong scientific/technical background
  • Commitment and availability for 10 hours per week (for a minimum of 1 calendar year)
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to tackle new challenges
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Recruiting Process
The Fall 2015 application cycle is now open. The Fellows Program typically holds recruiting rounds twice per year, and we encourage submissions and resubmissions from previous applicants who have taken steps to strengthen the desired skill set and experience. The following courses and activities will strengthen your application, but are not required:

  • Participation in the Program in Technology Commercialization (PTC), a partnership between the College of Engineering, the Department of Bioengineering
  • Enrollment in classes at the Foster School of Business, including the Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Participation in Science and Engineering Business Association (SEBA)
  • Prior business experience

Contact
If you are interested in applying for the Fall 2015 round, please submit your Resume and Cover Letter expressing your interest in the program to tlfellow@uw.edu by October 12th. 2015. You will be contacted by October 16th, 2015 if you have been selected for an in-person interview.